My current work in progress:

Sundew,by Martin Storey, knit from Rowan Softyak DK, using 3.25mm and 4mm needles.

Cowl Girls

I recently received a review copy of Cowl Girls: The Neck’s Best Thing to Knit by Cathy Carron. Apart from a cute title, what does it have?

Well, plenty of cowls to knit! There are 40 patterns to knits things to wrap around your neck, and go over your head. Most of these designs can be called cowls, I think, but there are a few hats as well.

There is a wide range of techniques used in these knits and the patterns range from quick and easy (thick yarn on fat needles) to more complex, like this colorwork cowl:

A few more of my favorites. This:

And this:

And this:

The book is being published by Sixth&Spring Books and is due out October 5.

Who’d like my review copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy, leave a comment on this post by 4:00pm eastern time this Thursday, September 23, 2010. Don’t know how to leave a comment? Check out my comment tutorial.

A winner will be chosen at random from the comments left and announced in Thursday’s blog post.

Back to my own knitting . . .

Great progress has been made. I finished the first sleeve of my cardi but since I neglected to photograph it, you’ll have to take my word for it.

Knitting on the second sleeve will commence tonight.

And here is Lucy, in a photo from this past weekend, happily ensconced on her Daddy.

Photo take with Lucy’s Daddy’s Droid Incredible — great pic, eh?

(The sock yarn used for the socks pictured? I believe it was Regia Stretch but as I knit them a million years ago, I’m not sure.)


  1. I love cowls.

  2. oh wow. And just after all my girlfriends asked for cowls for christmas gifts. I’d love to get this book! *fingers crossed*!

  3. Love the review copy. I have a friend who would be a great cowl knitter!!
    .-= Cindy in Happy Valley´s last blog ..A little of thisnat =-.

  4. My daughter has fallen in love with cowls, and I’m sure she would happily pick 6 or 7 out of the book for me to knit for her.

  5. hopeIwinhopeiwinhopeiwin…

  6. I’m lovin’ the cowl and knit several of them last winter. Perfect for icy Minnesota!

  7. Rebecca Robertson says:

    I love cowls, I’ve knit a couple and would love to knit more. Great stashbusters.

  8. April from SD says:

    Last Christmas I made a couple of cowls as gifts and they were a huge hit. I’d love to win this book!

  9. THANK YOU for this giveaway. I saw this book advertised the other day and thought “I want this book”. I have not attempted a shawl YET, but a cowl would be perfect.

  10. Diane Rizzo says:

    Just love the fair isle one!

  11. Cowls have become my favorite thing ever since I taught myself to knit. I would love a copy! (If I don’t win it, I may have to buy it.) ^_^

  12. Would luv a free copy. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Lucky October 5th… It’s my daughter’s birthday. 🙂
    .-= Virginia´s last blog ..Malabrigo =-.

  14. I want to be a cowlgirl

  15. I love this look of cowls! I hope I am the lucky winner! I would make everyone!
    Thanks Wendy. I love, love reading all your e-mails and books. 🙂

  16. I have been into cowls myself–would love more patterns

  17. cowls are fun to wear! love the book. hope i’m the lucky winner!:)
    wendy, your too cool!

  18. Oh, Great Number Generator, please look kindly upon this poor old knitter who suffers from cold neck syndrome. A copy of Cowl Girls would greatly ease my suffering. *bowing low while exiting the room*

  19. Love cowls….thanks for putting this up for grabs. As usual Miss Lucy is awesome!

  20. nice book…even nicer kitty on socks =)

  21. With winter just around the corner, those look so warm and cozy.

  22. I particularly like the black and white cowl. Add me to the draw

  23. Oooo…love that book! I’d want to win!

  24. cowl girls, wow, looks great.

  25. I’ve been dreaming of cowl weather and since today is supposed to be 95 degrees I suppose I have time to do a couple more before the weather changes!

  26. I love cowls, they are right up there with shawls; you only have to knit one of each!
    Thanks again, for sharing.

  27. Yes, please would love the cowl book. Am a newbie knitter and cowls are doable!
    Enjoy your blog and ……those Lucy eyes!! – what yarn colour would match those!

  28. I love the title, another book for the must have library.


  29. I made all my children and their so’s cowls a few years ago for Christmas. This would be great for another bunch of presents. Please pick me!

  30. The book looks like I lot of fun.

  31. Perfect holiday present inspiration — and now is the time to move into high gift knitting gear!

  32. I’d love to win the book!

  33. Ooo! I would love to win this book. I have already added it to my wishlist, but to win it here would be extra sweet! I started planning my winter knitting projects, with some thoughts about knitting for gifts, so this book would be a big help. Thanks! Jo Ann

  34. Me, me, me, please!

  35. this looks like it would be a great book for knitted gifts!

  36. Absolutely! I’ve been meaning to knit a couple cowls for my sister-in-law who just moved from Florida to Alaska. Thanks!
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Finally Finishing =-.

  37. Lucy, you have perfected the art of lap plaster. Would love to be included in the drawing also. Thanks for offering great books!
    .-= MicheleinMaine´s last blog ..Padded eBook Reader Case – Owls =-.

  38. I love to knit cowls. I am going to make something for a benefit later this winter and am thinking a cowl will be perfect.
    .-= Theresa´s last blog ..I have a problem =-.

  39. Cowls are the best thing in knitwear. Please pick me for this give-away!

  40. Your loved ones are so lucky – they must have the best socks! Come on random # generator!

  41. Put my name in.

  42. I never considered myself a cowl person until I made one for a friend last Xmas. It was so snuggly! Those patterns are wonderful. I could see myself in several of them over the next few months.
    As always Lucy is just gorgeous (and she clearly knows it). 🙂

  43. I love cowls and would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity
    .-= Marci´s last blog ..Overheard in line at Borders =-.

  44. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  45. I love cowls. I make them for all my friends but keep the best for me. (Don’t tell). I would LOVE to own this book. Thanks for the chance.

  46. Loocy needs a cowl! So do I! 😉

  47. I just can’t resist a draw.

  48. Jeanette McKinney says:

    I love cowls because many times they can be made from only one skeins of luxury yarns and if you wear cowls instead of scarves, then you will never lose your neck wrap (I am always dropping in the snow or rain my scarf while my cowl always stays put.

  49. Having knee replacement surgery next week, so I’m going to have plenty of knitting time while I recuperate. This book would be great for some small projects that I could give as Christmas presents.

  50. I *so* want that book — please please please pick me.

  51. Pick me please……I’d love to win this book!

  52. I’d love, love, love to win! Looks like a very fun book.
    .-= Word Lily´s last blog ..A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman =-.

  53. Looks like a great book!

  54. Cowlgirls- What a cute name. We are actual cow- girls here! We could keep warm while saddled up with these cute designs.

  55. I love making cowls for gifts, and can’t wait to see this book.

  56. I love that last cowl that you showed!

  57. Cowls! Sheer coincidence that I am crocheting a capelet for my niece!

    Thanks for organizing this giveaway!

  58. Lovely cowls. I need to make myself one or two, because a number of my scarves are too long for my jackets. I dislike it when the scarves stick out the bottom!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..a breather =-.

  59. I’ve little hope of actually winning, but it’s a cool book and I thank you for the opportunity to enter the drawing.

  60. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the “action” shot of Lucy.

  61. tootwisteddonna says:

    Loving all the cowls!!! would love to knit a different
    one for all the women in my family!!!!
    PS Lucy has the prettiest blue eyes!!!

  62. Pick me, pick me! DD can always use a fashionable cowl for the winter in NYC.

  63. Oh, I do like cowls! Please enter me.

  64. I love Lucy’s eyes and the way they pop on Daddy’s jeans and socks! I am loving the colorwork cowl. Please random number generator pick me, pick me

  65. I love the cowl girls idea for a book and the photography looks great. Please enter me in the drawing….thanks and hi, lucy!

  66. Normally a lurker, but really liked the look of “CowlGirls”. Love your Blog.

  67. I leafed through that book last weekend. Sure would love to win one!

  68. Cowls are my favorite, especially the ones you can pull up around your ears.
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Crazy hard curveball of a week =-.

  69. Comment.

  70. Oh my!!! I would love a copy of this book. I’ve already been pimping it out on Rav. in my spinning group!! Love!

  71. Ooh! Those look like some nice cowls!
    .-= odessa´s last blog ..Tuesday Ten- Slippers! =-.

  72. Oh I hope I win. I think cowls would make great Christmas presents!

  73. The cowls look great!!

  74. I’ve had cowls (and mittens) on my mind for a few weeks now! I’d love to review the cowl girls book! And if you have any mitten books to review, lets work on that too 🙂 both would be firsts for me.

  75. I’ve only ever crocheted cowls. I’d love to try knitting them.

  76. Lucy looks so content on dad! Bet she would look beautiful with a new cowl!!!!

  77. It does seem that cowls are hot this fall/winter. There were several featured in ads in Sept’s Vogue. I have been making some moebius ones since summer and they’re a bit addicting!

  78. The technique variety makes this book worth more than just the Cowl patterns. Very useful to own.

  79. I’ve never won anything in my entire life. It must be my turnby now…..

  80. I’m knitting two cowls as we speak and would love a chance to win this book so I can make more. Thanks!

  81. would love your copy….

  82. I’d like the book just for the title — not to mention the great designs. Pick me!

  83. Oh, I would SO LOVE this book!

  84. Beverly (db81971) says:

    I just made my first cowl this weekend; I’d love a pattern book of them!

  85. oooh me me me I want to win! I like warm neck things.
    .-= Leah´s last blog ..61- Socca =-.

  86. I’d love the book. Are there any patterns that could be knit with the yarn I spun when I was a newbie and it went thick and then and I used crazy colors?

  87. Oh pick me! I have been eyeing this book for sometime waiting for it to come out. Lovely!

  88. Oooh these look very interesting. Would love to try my hand at some of these patterns. Sign me up please.

  89. the book looks like great fun. Lucy and the socks, what a sweet picture.

  90. I *LOVE* cowls! They are great gifts, practical and pretty to wear, and it uses up all those bits in your stash!

  91. So cool. I was looking at this book on the knit picks website yesterday trying to decide whether or not I wanted to get it. Now I think I do. Though of course it would be too cool to win it. Thank you for the review and ending my waffling.

  92. I love cowls — never have to worry about them getting caught in a door . 🙂

  93. I would love to win the book – count me in!

  94. Yehaw! Me please!

  95. I cannot believe it’s Fall already. Where has the summer gone? I love Fall, all the lovely colours of Fall, and it’s perfect time to knit some cowls.

  96. DAPHNE MCGUIRE says:

    I always run cold so this sounds like an awesome book for me!

  97. Love this!!

  98. Pick me for CowlGirls book.

  99. I’ve been on a cowl knitting kick lately so this sounds like the perfect book for me.

  100. I love making cowls and would love a copy of this book!